Ex-President Jacob Zuma, who faces corruption charges over a $2.5bn arms deal in late 1990s, failed to appear in court.
Ex-President Jacob Zuma sought to have his jail sentence for contempt overturned, arguing it would endanger his health.
Jacob Zuma will complete remainder of 15-month prison sentence in system of community corrections.
Zuma has unspecified surgery and remains in hospital with more operations planned days before corruption trial.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa says he tried to resist corruption as former president Zuma’s deputy.
Hospital admission from prison comes days before 79-year-old due to attend resumption of long-running corruption trial.
South Africa is still trying to come to terms with days of looting and violence that left death and destruction.
Government says deaths from days of violence revised up to 79 in Gauteng province and 258 in KwaZulu-Natal.
The funeral for Zuma’s brother, Michael, who died after a long illness, will took place in Nkandla.
The Take explores the vast inequality and economic hardships behind South Africa’s latest unrest.
Former South African president, currently serving a 15-month prison term in a separate case, faces 16 charges.
Former president, jailed over contempt of court, faces separate corruption charges stemming from a 1999 weapons sale.
Hospital resources pushed to limit as violence, looting grip parts of country already struggling to cope with pandemic.